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Sunday Dinner: Neatloaf

There's a restaurant here in San Francisco, Ananda Fuara, which was established as a Sri Chinmoy enterprise (translation: it would be an understatement to say that it's got a big-time new age spiritual vibe going on). To go along with its new-ageyness, the menu is completely vegetarian, with nearly half of it being vegan. I went there once with my friend Cindy and ordered the "neatloaf," a vegetarian meatloaf substitute. I wasn't sure what they put in it, but I really craved it for months. At the time, I didn't live in San Francisco, which meant I couldn't exactly pop over during lunch. So I did the next best thing, I hunted around on the internet until I found the neatloaf recipe (or at least one that claims to be it). It came out pretty fantastic, I took it to a potluck and the vegetarians there gave it a thumbs up - in fact the meat eaters did too. So if you're looking for a filling & hearty vegetarian option for tonight's dinner feast, I suggest you give this "neatloaf" a try (really, some how it is amazingly tasty). And if you're a vegetarian who misses real meatloaf, I have no idea what you're waiting for. For the recipe,

Ananda Fuara Neatloaf
Adapted from Recipe Link

This recipe calls for a few pre-processed items, if you're vegetarian, be sure to check the ingredient lists.

Neatloaf Ingredients:
2 garlic cloves
1/3 cup chopped sweet onion
4 eggs
1 envelope onion soup
5 oz lowfat ricotta cheese
1/2 cup extra firm tofu (mashed)
1/4 cup of canola oil
2-3 large basil leaves chiffonaded
6 large fresh oregano leaves shredded
1/4 tsp fresh rosemary
3 1/2 cups of Special K cereal (or any other flake-only cereal)

Sauce Ingredients:
1/3 cup Ketchup
1 tsp tabasco
2 tbsp dijon mustard
1/4 cup molasses
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 grinds of fresh black pepper
kosher salt

  • Preheat the oven to 300 F.
  • In a frying pan sauté garlic and sweet onions. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl beat eggs, then add all ingredients in order except cereal. Mix Well.
  • Add cereal, crunch it up when mixing.
  • Grease pan (or spray with cooking spray) and add mixture to pan.
  • Bake for 1 hour.
  • While loaf is baking, make sauce by mixing all ingredients into medium sized bowl.
  • Once one hour has passed, remove loaf, cover with sauce and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, slice and serve while warm!
Eric15029474 Eric15029474 3 years
Okay, I'm doing this...I LOVE that restaurant...but how do you make the potatoes with mushroom sauce that comes with it?
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Looks pretty good!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
love to try something like this, im all open to vegeterian dishes!
Pokemyhontas Pokemyhontas 10 years
Too bad there isn't any nutritional info for it. It sounds interesting.
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
When I was a vegetarian, it used to drive me nuts that my Dad was always making meat-substitute dishes. I mean it was sweet, but I can do without the not dogs and the tricken, etc... This sounds *good*, though.
GeorgiaCharlotte GeorgiaCharlotte 10 years
This sounds good. I'm really into these kinds of recipes. For Easter dinner tonight we had vegetarian haggis, which was wonderful. I think I will make this next!
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